Superfund Site Profile
The Jacobsville Neighborhood Soil Contamination site includes the Jacobsville neighborhood as well as 12 other neighborhoods in Evansville, Indiana. It covers a 4.5-square-mile area. The area includes residential, commercial and industrial properties; the Superfund cleanup will address residential properties only. Part of the Jacobsville neighborhood was formerly occupied by several manufacturing companies that date back to the 1880s. Lead has contaminated a wide area of soil. Some soil is also contaminated with arsenic. Site cleanup is ongoing.
EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 2004. The first phase of the cleanup began in 2007. Subsequent cleanup phases have taken place in 2008 and 2010-2015. The combined cleanups from 2007 to date have resulted in the removal of lead- and arsenic-contaminated soil from over 1,600 residential properties in Evansville.
EPA is continuing cleanup work and is planning additional cleanup efforts for 2016 to 2020. EPA estimates that a total of 4,000 residential properties will require cleanup.